Austin Orthodontics

Austin Orthodontics
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When left untreated, many orthodontics problems become worse. Treatment by an orthodontic specialist to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.

Orthodontics: The Importance of Treatment

Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to clean and maintain than teeth that are aligned (straight).  This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontics problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck. The value of an attractive smile should not be underestimated.  A pleasing appearance is a vital asset to one’s self-confidence.  A person’s self-esteem often improves as treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion.  In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve one’s general attitude toward life.

Orthodontics: Treatment Procedures, Timeline and Costs

The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the patient’s problem and the treatment approach selected.  You will be able to thoroughly discuss fees and payment options before any treatment begins.  Most orthodontists offer convenient payment plans to patients.  Generally, treatment fees may be paid over the course of active treatment.  Arrangements commonly offered in orthodontic offices may include an initial down payment with monthly installments, credit card payment, finance company agreements, and other innovative ways to make treatment affordable.  Insurance plans or other employer-sponsored payment programs, such as direct reimbursement plans, may be helpful. In general, active comprehensive treatment time with orthodontic appliances (braces) ranges from one to three years. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take only a few months.  The actual time depends on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, the cooperation of the patient and the severity of the problem.  Mild problems usually require less time, and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others. Use of rubber bands and/or headgear, if prescribed by the orthodontist, contributes to completing treatment as scheduled. While orthodontic treatment requires a time commitment, patients are rewarded with healthy teeth, proper jaw alignment and a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.  Teeth and jaws in proper alignment look better, work better, contribute to general physical health and can improve self-confidence. Custom-made appliances, or braces, are prescribed and designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated.  They may be removable or fixed (cemented and/or bonded to the teeth). They may be made of metal, ceramic or plastic.  By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position. Orthopedic appliances, such as headgear or maxillary expansion appliances, use carefully directed forces to guide the growth and development of jaws in children and teenagers. For example, an upper jaw expansion appliance can dramatically widen a narrow upper jaw in a matter of months.  Over the course of orthodontic treatment,  a headgear appliance can dramatically reduce the protrusion of upper incisor teeth (the top four front teeth) or retrusion of the lower teeth (a lower jaw that is too far behind the upper jaw). Austin Orthodontics Today’s braces are generally less noticeable than those of the past when a metal band with a bracket (the part of the braces that hold the wire) was placed around each tooth.  Now the front teeth typically have only the bracket bonded directly to the tooth, minimizing the “tin grin.”  Brackets can be metal, clear or colored, depending on the patient’s preference.  In some cases, brackets may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces).  Modern wires are also less noticeable than earlier ones. Some of today’s wires are made of “space age” materials that exert a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth, so that the tooth-moving process may be faster and more comfortable for patients.  A type of clear orthodontic wire is currently in an experimental stage. Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment.  After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for one to three days.  Patients can usually manage this discomfort well with whatever pain medication they might commonly take for a headache.  The orthodontist will advise patients and/or their parents what, if any, pain relievers to take. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces.  Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed.

Orthodontics: Patient Concerns

Orthodontics patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods.  They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard things can damage the braces.  Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer, and will require extra trips to the orthodontist’s office. Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment.  Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. The orthodontist and staff will teach patients how to best care for their teeth, gums and braces during treatment.  The orthodontist will tell patients (and/or their parents) how often to brush, how often to floss, and, if necessary, suggest other cleaning aids that might help the patient maintain good dental health. Successful orthodontic treatment is a “two-way street” that requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient.  To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed by the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled.  Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment. To keep teeth and gums healthy, regular visits to the family dentist must continue during orthodontic treatment.  Adults who have a history periodontal (gum) disease  or bone loss, may also see a periodontist (specialist in treating diseases of the gums and bone) on a regular basis throughout treatment with orthodontics.

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Doctors and Their Family at Play

Doctors and Their Family at Play
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Austin Orthodontics

Austin Orthodontics
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When left untreated, many orthodontics problems become worse. Treatment by an orthodontic specialist to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.

Orthodontics: The Importance of Treatment

Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to clean and maintain than teeth that are aligned (straight).  This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontics problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck. The value of an attractive smile should not be underestimated.  A pleasing appearance is a vital asset to one’s self-confidence.  A person’s self-esteem often improves as treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion.  In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve one’s general attitude toward life.

Orthodontics: Treatment Procedures, Timeline and Costs

The actual cost of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the patient’s problem and the treatment approach selected.  You will be able to thoroughly discuss fees and payment options before any treatment begins.  Most orthodontists offer convenient payment plans to patients.  Generally, treatment fees may be paid over the course of active treatment.  Arrangements commonly offered in orthodontic offices may include an initial down payment with monthly installments, credit card payment, finance company agreements, and other innovative ways to make treatment affordable.  Insurance plans or other employer-sponsored payment programs, such as direct reimbursement plans, may be helpful. In general, active comprehensive treatment time with orthodontic appliances (braces) ranges from one to three years. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take only a few months.  The actual time depends on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, the cooperation of the patient and the severity of the problem.  Mild problems usually require less time, and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others. Use of rubber bands and/or headgear, if prescribed by the orthodontist, contributes to completing treatment as scheduled. While orthodontic treatment requires a time commitment, patients are rewarded with healthy teeth, proper jaw alignment and a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.  Teeth and jaws in proper alignment look better, work better, contribute to general physical health and can improve self-confidence. Custom-made appliances, or braces, are prescribed and designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated.  They may be removable or fixed (cemented and/or bonded to the teeth). They may be made of metal, ceramic or plastic.  By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces can slowly move teeth through their supporting bone to a new desirable position. Orthopedic appliances, such as headgear or maxillary expansion appliances, use carefully directed forces to guide the growth and development of jaws in children and teenagers. For example, an upper jaw expansion appliance can dramatically widen a narrow upper jaw in a matter of months.  Over the course of orthodontic treatment,  a headgear appliance can dramatically reduce the protrusion of upper incisor teeth (the top four front teeth) or retrusion of the lower teeth (a lower jaw that is too far behind the upper jaw). Austin Orthodontics Today’s braces are generally less noticeable than those of the past when a metal band with a bracket (the part of the braces that hold the wire) was placed around each tooth.  Now the front teeth typically have only the bracket bonded directly to the tooth, minimizing the “tin grin.”  Brackets can be metal, clear or colored, depending on the patient’s preference.  In some cases, brackets may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces).  Modern wires are also less noticeable than earlier ones. Some of today’s wires are made of “space age” materials that exert a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth, so that the tooth-moving process may be faster and more comfortable for patients.  A type of clear orthodontic wire is currently in an experimental stage. Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment.  After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for one to three days.  Patients can usually manage this discomfort well with whatever pain medication they might commonly take for a headache.  The orthodontist will advise patients and/or their parents what, if any, pain relievers to take. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces.  Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed.

Orthodontics: Patient Concerns

Orthodontics patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods.  They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard things can damage the braces.  Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer, and will require extra trips to the orthodontist’s office. Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment.  Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. The orthodontist and staff will teach patients how to best care for their teeth, gums and braces during treatment.  The orthodontist will tell patients (and/or their parents) how often to brush, how often to floss, and, if necessary, suggest other cleaning aids that might help the patient maintain good dental health. Successful orthodontic treatment is a “two-way street” that requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient.  To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed by the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled.  Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment. To keep teeth and gums healthy, regular visits to the family dentist must continue during orthodontic treatment.  Adults who have a history periodontal (gum) disease  or bone loss, may also see a periodontist (specialist in treating diseases of the gums and bone) on a regular basis throughout treatment with orthodontics.

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Lyndsey

Lyndsey
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[f5]Lyndsey[/f5] [f7] Position: Orthodontic Assistant Office Location: Bastrop Email : lyndsey@ortho360.com Dogs or Cats? Dog person What is your favorite movie? Like to watch westerns and comedy movies Celebrity you would like to meet? Tommy Lee Jones What are your favorite bands? Texas country music What is your favorite food? Spaghetti Where did you grow up? Hondo TX [/f7]

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Our Practice

Our Practice
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As if being located in Austin, TX didn’t give us enough reason to smile, we get to do what we love every day by helping adults and children with their orthodontic needs. The best orthodontist team, The Ortho 360 team, whom you’ll meet in a couple of clicks, is different. Yeah, we know. Everyone says that. But we truly mean it. First of all, you’ll enjoy yourself. (Ever heard that from your orthodontist?) Our enthusiasm is contagious. Also, we’ll respect your time; yours is no less valuable than ours. The biology of orthodontics hasn’t changed, however a good team and the latest technology can reduce the appointments necessary to complete treatment, making more time for school, athletics, and a life.

We Strive Daily To Be The Best Orthodontist

We care about our patients and the pursuit of excellence in our practice, and we invest many outside hours as orthodontic educators for students and practitioners. Please take your time looking through our website to find out more information about the latest orthodontic treatment options. We’re glad you’re here and we hope we will be the best orthodontist you have visited in Austin! Our education, honors, publications and professional affiliations will provide you with plenty of reasons to place your trust in us as your orthodontic specialists. But if you’re wondering what makes us tick beyond teeth, here’s where you can find out about Dr. BurgessDr. Dustin and Dr. Henry. We also maintain a location in Moulton, TX: Moulton Orthodontics.  Please let us know if we are the best orthodontist by filling out our customer review form here.

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Before and After

Before and After
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[f5][frame align="left"]Ortho 360 providing before & after photos of orthodontic treatment[/frame][/f5] [f7] We’ve had a lot of experience setting a bad tooth straight. And we’re betting you want to see the proof before jumping into such a commitment. That’s why we keep evidence of our hard work. From time to time, we do like to look back and remember our achievements, but really, it’s to show our future patients that we know our trade. And after looking at the smiles in these before & after photos, you’ll be convinced that we know how to make people happy.

Orthodontic Before & After Gallery

The following sections include a few of our best results. We think you’ll like what you see. Before & After Adults Before & After Children Before & After Invisalign® [/f7]

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